Statement as issued Friday afternoon:
(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) – Water pressure is up system-wide and overall usage is down slightly in the first 24 hours since Aqua Indiana opened a connection and began to receive water from the City of Fort Wayne.
City water is flowing to only 1,400 of Aqua’s 12,000 customers in Aboite Township, yet the impact has been significant. Aqua’s storage tanks are being replenished and water pressure is stabilized. As of this morning’s reading, Aqua had drawn approximately 180,000 gallons of water from the City. The company says usage of the supplemental supply appears to be less than first predicted.
“We’ve had no complaints of low pressure and only a very few reports of temporary cloudiness in the area receiving City water,” said Aqua Indiana president Tom Bruns. “We continue to have high demand on the system in general, but the peak flow rates have declined.”
Aqua continues to urge customers to stop watering their lawns, and thanks those cooperating with the call for conservation. “We appreciate the efforts of Aqua customers who are doing their part to minimize outdoor water use,” says Bruns. “We recognize many are using water wisely in the midst of this drought, and direct our conservation message to those who haven’t yet shut down their sprinklers.”
Aqua Indiana is actively monitoring pressure, usage and other factors to determine when it is possible to close the flow from the City of Fort Wayne.